Ways to reduce your exposure to BPA
A cancer specialist can inform you about ways of avoiding exposure to BPA. You can reduce your exposure to BPA in the following ways:
Try to carry purified water in your own glass, steel or ceramic water bottle.
The amount of canned formula used by your baby and the canned food you eat must be reduced.
Look for labels stating ‘BPA free’ in baby bottles used by them.
Carbonless copy cash register receipts must be avoided. Don’t recycle a carbonless receipt if you get one. BPA can spread to other products made with recycled paper including napkins and toilet paper if recycling of receipts with BPA in them is done.
Look closely at the bottom of plastics with a number 7 recycling symbol. The plastic may contain BPA if the plastic doesn’t say ‘PLA’ or have a leaf symbol in it.
Ways to reduce your exposure to other chemicals in plastics
You can know from the best cancer doctor how to avoid exposure to other chemicals in plastics. The following are some ways to reduce your exposure to other chemicals in plastics:
- Avoid using roasting/steaming bags and cooking food in plastic containers. When heated in a regular or microwave oven, the plastic residues may leach into food.
Pots, pans and containers used for storing food and beverages should be of glass, porcelain, enamel-covered metal or stainless steel whenever possible, especially if the food or drink is hot.
It is generally considered OK to use plastics with recycling symbol 2, 4 and 5. As long as they say ‘PLA’ or have a leaf symbol on them, plastics with recycling symbol’7’ are OK to use.
Plastics which have recycling symbol 1 is ok to use for one time but it shouldn’t be used more than once.
All plastic containers should be kept away from heat and sun.